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When you asked the Senator if they would do everything in their power to stop this deal if it includes the reported cuts to Social Security benefits, what did they say?

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Senator Jeff Merkley:

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Could only talk to receptionist. promised to pass It on to Mr. merkley and Mr wyden. hope it helped....

— Salem, 2012-12-18 08:00:50

I was unable to reach the President, so I emailed hime

— Junction City, 2012-12-18 08:08:09

Widen didn't answer. BJ in Merkely said he would pass the message on. Send us H Reid's phone number and Pres. Obama number

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 08:29:10

Jeff Merkley almost always is on the side of the people and I think he will be on this issue. Senator Wyden's aide said that she thought he was against any cuts of social security. But, Oregon is a very lucky state to have representative who care about the people.

— Creswell, 2012-12-18 08:53:02

Both offices said they would pass along the message. We voted Democratic to not have this kind of situation happen.

— Milton-Freewater, 2012-12-18 08:58:01

Talked to a real person in both offices, asked each one to ask the senators to remind President Obama that he WON the election and shouldn't trade away our Social Security benefits.

— Applegate, 2012-12-18 09:03:03

The girl who answered the phone said she "can't speak for Seantor Wyden" when I asked if I could count on him to block any cuts to Social Security. She went on to say that the senator always works to protect Social Security. I'm a little annoyed that the senators don't give their receptionists talking points so they can respond to callers' questions on topics of major interest to the public.

— REDMOND, 2012-12-18 09:19:14

Called both. Unable to speak with them directly, but was very firm in my resolve that they influence President Obama's decision to include Social Security in spending cut.

— Dexter, 2012-12-18 09:41:47

Obviously, countless other constituents are trying to contact our senators. While I was able to lv. my msg. w/one of Sen. Wyden's staffers, all I got from Sen. Merkley's was an endless period on hold. I will keep trying.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 09:47:51

I left a message for Sen. Merkley , passed message to Sen. Wyden staff. Before we cut into social programs, can we end the war 1st, let's see what needs to be cut after ending the war. Thanks, Mitch Penner

— eugene, 2012-12-18 10:01:12

We just got a %5 raise. so I asked why take that away, and they asked for my zip code. I asked them to protect us-ok

— Grants Pass, 2012-12-18 10:05:35

I sent Sen. Jeff Merkley a message on facebook...havn't heard back yet.

— Klamath Falls, 2012-12-18 10:06:13

I sent emails to both senators.

— Sisters, 2012-12-18 10:17:35

Non-committal responses from the aids in both offices. Terrebonne

— Terrebonne, 2012-12-18 10:19:01

The secretary said I'll pass it on to the Senator.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 10:22:39

As usual, I received a kind and thoughtful dialogue with Senator Merkley's representative and a promise to make sure that my concerns reach him. However, as usual, that was not my experience with Senator Wyden's representative. I doubt my comments will reach him and, frankly I don't believe it would matter if my comments did reach him. I hope that Wyden faces a serious primary challenger next time.

— Springfield, 2012-12-18 10:32:06

Wyden -- Strongly supports SS but staffer didn't know where he stands on present range of issues; Merkley was among 20 + senators signing letter not to touch SS (Sept) but staffer doesn't know where he stands relative to present issues tho thinks he will stand fast.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 10:34:30

Person answered and said they would be glad to leave the message for Senator Merkley

— Ashlalnd, 2012-12-18 10:36:24

I called both offices and talked with staff, who listened. I asked them to be willing to give on Social Security, which is unsustainable in its current form. Changes should be means tested. We've gone from our elderly being the poorest among our demographic groups to the richest. We must deal with this!!!!!

— Portland, 2012-12-18 10:36:40

I do not have money for phone calls. Please use online petitions to contact our legislators. Thanks for your hard work and for considering this message.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 10:37:47

Thank you for taking a stand against cuts to social security. You have integrity and fortitude!! Terry Brown

— Talent, 2012-12-18 10:38:06

Merkley on board Wyden unclear

— CORVALLIS, 2012-12-18 10:40:00

I know that you will not buy into this GOP nonesense considered as compromises by cutting our benefits; why suddenly are my benefits entitlements?When I was paying a percentage of each paycheck to insure/ensure my having these same benefits? Go Viks!

— Portland, 2012-12-18 10:41:21

I talked with representatives in both senators' offices who took my messages without saying what the senators intend to do.

— Coos Bay, 2012-12-18 10:46:51

Receptionists said would pass the message on.

— Pleasant Hill, 2012-12-18 10:49:30

Said she would pass my message on (No SSI cuts & raise taxes on top 2% as our POTUS was elected 2 do...) She then asked 4 my zip code (97761).

— Warm Springs, 2012-12-18 10:50:17

Please do not cut Social Security. I do not know how so many people can live on so little of what they get now so to cut S.S. could make it harder on them.

— Salem, 2012-12-18 10:55:40

The call taker was very busy so I left a quick message and let him go on to other callers.

— Pleasant Hill, 2012-12-18 11:09:09

Both Senator Merkley's and Wyden's office staff only answered that they would "pass that along" to the Senator.

— Portland, 2012-12-18 11:11:42

I called both offices and gave my comments, reasons, and support for opposing. Senator Merkley's office says he opposes and that my message would be passed along. Senator Wyden's office said in the past he has opposed changes but has not made an official statement yet. They said that my comments will be passed along. I didn't feel reassured.

— Dallas, 2012-12-18 11:24:07

Mostly their staff member said that they would pass the message on. Is it possible to get a phone number for Obama's office?

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 11:28:17

You must be kidding! The people who should be taking cuts are in congress! My uncle recieves the lowest S.S. payment as it is and he cannot live on $588.00 a month. Are we going to start seeing seniors out begging on the streets. People who actually worked for this money.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 11:32:30

In both calls, receptionist answered, I expressed I did not want Social Security benefits tampered with, and that they should increase taxes on capital gains.

— Medford, 2012-12-18 11:39:17

Spoke to Senator Merkley's assistant. She said she would pass on my comments. Spoke with an aid at Senator Wyden's office. He said that Senator Wyden has always supported Social Security, but since it isn't clear what will be in the bill yet, he doesn't know how he will vote.

— ASHLAND, 2012-12-18 12:01:22

Thanked for my support. Spoke to both aides

— Newport, 2012-12-18 12:04:11

I sent emails to both senators. to Wyden: It looks like our president is about cave in to the Republicans on Social Security - offering to use chained CPI to calculate the inflation adjustment. This COLA is not appropriate for seniors. It would have negligible impact on the deficit but cause hardship for a large number of people. Please don't let him do this. Thank you. to Merkley: With our president looking like he's going to cave in to the Republicans on the Social Security COLA, your strong defense of SS is greatly appreciated. The chained CPI is inappropriate for seniors. it would have negligible effect on the deficit but cause hardship for a great many people. I know you have been working to adopt a COLA more appropriate for seniors, not less. Thank you.

— Springfield, 2012-12-18 12:06:20

i already emailed them early this morning along with my rep. earl blumenhauer. no responses yet.

— Portland, 2012-12-18 12:10:01

Neither party stated definitively that they would oppose the cuts. They just cited previous stands on cuts to SS.

— Salem, 2012-12-18 12:15:21

Ron Wyden's line rang + 25 times w/no answer! Jeff Merkley office answered immediate and said "please hold" but no one ever came back online!

— Florence, 2012-12-18 12:22:32

Talked with Senator Merkley's aid, said she would pass along my comments. Wouldn't comment on his stand.

— Pleasant Hill, 2012-12-18 12:22:50

I left a message for Senator Merkley and could not get thru to Senator Wyden K Walker

— Dexter, 2012-12-18 12:27:23

I talked to aides in both Merkley's and Wyden's offices told them I was a Senior living on Social Security and they needed to stand firm, no cuts !!!

— Bend, 2012-12-18 12:33:46

I sent an email to Wyden, Merkley, & Defazio stating: I am personally against any reduction of benefits to social security including the chained CPI. We should be looking for ways to increase benefits and for a CPI that is based on the actual costs incurred by folks who are collecting social security including food, transportation (as in to and from their doctors & medical treatments), medicines, utilities, etc. I will not vote for anyone who votes for a bill that reduces benefits in any way for people on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

— Port Orford, 2012-12-18 12:35:51

A representative took a message at each of the offices.

— Central Point, 2012-12-18 12:36:22

Didn't ask; left a message to disallow cuts but keep an eye on SS fraud.

— Prineville, 2012-12-18 12:37:08

People who answered the calls at both offices said they would pass along the message to the senator.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 12:43:09

I did not talk to Merkley. I left my message: vote against B's "plan B." Vote against cuts to social security. Merkley's office answered immediately; there was a wait at Wyden's office. Still haven't gotten through.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 12:43:20

Nothing from Sen. Wyden Sen. Merkley I am told oposses any cuts in Medicare or Social Security but he was not available at this time

— Medford, 2012-12-18 12:58:06

go to whitehouse.gov to leave a message to the president.

— Stayton, 2012-12-18 13:06:34

wyden's office....person asked for zip and said thank you without even listening to my very short hands off statement. he hung up. Are they listening. McMinnville, OR 97128 Merkley's office no answer only answer machine

— McMinnville, 2012-12-18 13:08:40

I emailed the above with your message.

— bend, 2012-12-18 13:09:32

Both staff members for Sen. Merkly & Sen. Wyden will give them my message, about can I count on them to do everything in your power to stop this deal if it includes the reported cuts to Social Security benefits, education, & cuts to the Oregon Health Plan.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 13:09:53

thank you for having your priorities straight!

— , 2012-12-18 13:20:03

We cannot do it all with tax increases. Spending cuts MUST be part of the equation. What spending cuts does MoveOn suggest?

— Portland, 2012-12-18 13:21:03

Could not reach either one but the person answering the phone said they both were against any cuts to social security

— Gresham, 2012-12-18 13:22:58

They said ok!

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 13:23:07

Wyden seems like he is wavering to see which way the wind is blowing.

— Hillsboro, 2012-12-18 13:25:01

Im on ssi all i have to live on and take care of my six year old. Its not enough as it is please dont cut ss. We depend on this to survive.

— Portland, 2012-12-18 13:25:34

DO THE "ICELAND"

— Florence, 2012-12-18 13:37:58

spoke to Merkeley's Rep, but was pt on endless hold when I called wyden's office. grew tired of listening to piped music & hung up.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 13:38:08

Was able to leave message with Senator Merkley but Wyden message was to be on hold for next available person. Did not wait to be on hold.

— Bend, 2012-12-18 13:39:33

The person taking the call in Sen. Wyden's Portland office kindly said she would pass along my comments to the Senator. I got voice mail in Sen. Wyden's Eugene office. I did not call Sen. Merkley's office because I am confident he will not cave on this issue. I'm not so sure about Sen. Wyden. I hope my fears are unfounded!!! Thanks for the reminder to do this.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 13:40:14

Wydens phone answerer said "we want to thank you for staying informed and for going to the effort of calling." Like both men, except Wyden being "open" to fracking in Oregon.

— Salem, 2012-12-18 13:45:40

Senator Merkley's office said he is opposed to any cuts to SS.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 13:45:43

Told them flat out to leave SS alone!!!

— Portland, 2012-12-18 13:48:26

emailed both, no response yet

— Bend, 2012-12-18 13:51:38

I called both offices and spoke to staff. Ron Wyden's office said thanks and took my info to add to other calls,I'm sure. Jeff Merkley's staff took my info and told me that he just released a statement that stated he was opposed to any SS cuts, especially cost of living benefits.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 14:00:53

Senator Merkleys rep said he released a statement today and is not planning on cutting the cost of living increase. I asked if he was planning on negotiating any other way and she said he has not made a statement on that. I requested she add to my concerns that I am now on social security disability because workmans comp denied my claim and Oregon is known to be one of the most difficult states to win a workmans comp claim. (Business likes this, Unable to get through to Wyden because of the call volume.

— Newport, 2012-12-18 14:01:55

No public statement from Wyden, but shared his opposition to cutting in the past

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 14:07:16

Ron Wyden's office said they had no official statement, and Senator Merkley's receptionist said he was working on some paperwork for it.

— Gales Creek, 2012-12-18 14:09:38

merkley's staffer said he'd just released a public statement that he opposes any and all cuts to social security. wyden's staffer, when asked if he's yet made his position known, said not yet, but in past he's opposed any cuts to social security.

— Medford, 2012-12-18 14:10:58

Senator Wyden Aide; " He supports social security-blab, blab, blab, blab" Senator Merkley Aide: " His writen position is out, he will not allow Social Security to be tampered with...: "

— Lyons, 2012-12-18 14:18:15

Recording with Merkley, left message. Wyden office person said she would pass the message on and thanks very much for my opinion. Also, I also feel that the CPI measurement should stay the same for federal retirees. This is one if the reasons I stayed in the career path with the federal government. I had planned my retirement according to this very important CPI index. If things need to be changed, grandfather it in for newly hired employees, so they can plan ahead for their retirements.

— Klamath Falls, 2012-12-18 14:26:51

Sent Merkley an e-mail

— Mt Angel, 2012-12-18 14:28:00

They said they'd pass the message on

— Pleasant Hill, 2012-12-18 14:32:34

wyden has not made a statement yet, merkley has made a statement this am

— Rsbg, 2012-12-18 14:38:43

There was no answer at Merkley's office at this time.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 14:39:46

The spokeswoman said that all she could tell me is that in the past he has consistently voted to protect SS. I asked that the message that I am very concerned about it be passed on. She took my zipcode and said that she would.

— Sutherlin, 2012-12-18 14:42:51

For Sen. Wyden got "Nora" a staff person who said she would "pass it along". For Sen. Merkley, got his voicemail and left a message.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 14:45:36

Merkley has made a statement that he does not support any cuts to Social Security. Wyden has not made a statement yet, but usually is against cuts to Soc. Sec.

— Marcola, 2012-12-18 14:51:30

I talked to staff at both offices. Sen. Wyden hasn't established his stance, and Sen. Merkley is issuing a statement today reiterating his opposition to Soc Sec cuts.

— Portland, 2012-12-18 14:52:49

Both Senator's Aids reported the Senators had no intention of supporting any cuts in Social Security

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 14:56:45

both who answered the phone for the Senators said both were opposed to the possible deal being made by Obama and Boehner

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 15:03:24

Called both offices and talked with staff expressing desire for no deal. Sen. Merkley released statement opposition. Sen. Wyden's staff said heavy volume of calls and thanks for calling.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 15:05:34

I had to leave a message with the people that answered the phone. I expressed my concern about ANY changes to Social Security, and asked for their support in making sure Social Security benefits remained the same. I contacted both Merkley & Wyden's office.

— Bend, 2012-12-18 15:09:32

both took messages .. Secy. to Merkley said he was opposed to cuts in Soc Security benefits.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 15:14:40

Merkley,s office said he is against cutting social security and medicare. I emailed the White House

— salem, 2012-12-18 15:14:54

Merkley, strong. Wyden, who knows. I am a good contributor to Obama and our pols in Oregon. Any caving now would be stupid. Lets go off the cliff. The world will not end. Lets beat the bullies, not cave in.

— Eugene, 2012-12-18 15:23:43

Merkley has already come out with a statement that he would not support cuts to SS or medicare. He is a good guy. Talked to the receptionist, promised to pass it on to Wyden. He sometimes makes the right choices.

— Bend, 2012-12-18 15:24:08

Couldn't reach Wyden as line was overloaded, will try again. Merkley's people said he released a statement today saying he doesn't approve of any changes to Medicare or Soc Sec.

— Bandon, 2012-12-18 15:37:56

Merkley's web page has anti social security cut message on front page.

— Portland, 2012-12-18 15:43:10

Senator Merkley made a statement this morning that he would not be supporting any cuts. I spoke with a real person and added my personal view that if the dialogue in Congress and Senator could be turned to the underlying problem of lack of jobs, and if we could increase jobs here, we could create a new tax base through full employment, and also help delay the fact that many babyboomers who want to work but can't find it are having to draw on their Social Security as early as 62 or get on Medicare with diagnoses that are linked to depression! It is very depressing and demoralizing to see and be a person who was fully employment left out of participation in sustaining a declining nation while working with optimism to introduce intelligent solutions to employment and social disintegration with viable and creative answers to the "new normal". long wait for Ron Wyden's office - but spoke with Nora Apter, excellent aide from Oregon, serving Wyden's office in DC. I will send her some info on all the ideas and projects we are attempting to grow into jobs and new ways to address the "survivality" of our region, which due to lack of forward thinking and actions crossed the line from Sustainability to Survivability a couple years ago. Without jobs to support the people and the tax base, our future will be bleak indeed.

— Phoenix, 2012-12-18 15:47:43

They all said they have always supported no cuts to ss benefits, including DeFazio

— Lorane, 2012-12-18 17:44:53

I emailed both on their web sites. Didn't have time to call.

— Ashland, 2012-12-18 17:57:43

Thanks for the work you do to protect Social Security.

— Waldport, 2012-12-18 18:05:13

They noted my comments.

— Talent, 2012-12-18 20:23:10

Left messages for both opposing SS cuts and increasing taxes to pay a fair share. I know both Wyden and Merkley work for the people. We need to keep both of them in Congress because they do work for us.

— Monmouth, 2012-12-18 21:37:04

I called Sens. Merkley & Wyden as well as Rep. Walden and the White House and left a message with staffers to not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; to leave the CPI for S.S. alone and to lower eligibility for Medicare to 60

— Medford, 2012-12-18 21:42:34

I certainly know that I can count on Sen. Merkley! I left a message with Sen. Wyden's receptionist.

— Ashland, 2012-12-19 06:26:37

Left message with Merkley secretary, said she would certainly pass this on. Couldn't get Wyden will use other resources.

— Powell Butte, 2012-12-19 07:59:03

Wyden's office reminded me that he'd consistently voted in favor of Soc Sec and would pass on the message Merkley's office said they' pass on the message

— Ashland, 2012-12-19 08:36:11

Merkley supports leaving SS alone. Left msg on Wyden's voice mail.

— Pendleton, 2012-12-19 09:23:33

Senator Wyden's office said they would pass my concern to the senator.

— Hillsboro, 2012-12-19 09:25:03

Both offices said that their senators would continue to oppose any reduction.

— Ashland, 2012-12-19 09:33:03

I was told they would pass my message along (reception)

— Eugene, 2012-12-19 09:55:44

Made suggestions to office staff of both senators who said they would give them to senators.

— Ashland, 2012-12-19 10:11:59

Wyden would not commit Merkley will oppose

— La Grande, 2012-12-19 10:24:44

Senator Wyden's phone overloaded Senator Merkley's receptionist said he agrees with stopping any cuts and will give him the message

— Cheshire, 2012-12-19 11:40:40

Talked to staffers at both offices. Merkley issued statement yesterday opposing switch to chained CPI. Wyden is "opposed to SS benefit cuts." Bonamici is opposed to chained CPI.

— Portland, 2012-12-19 11:52:46

Merkley'soffice actually had a human that answered. Wyden's phone lines were busy due to "high volume", bu the wait was only a few minutes. I left a message with a person at each office and they said they would pass the message on to the Senators.

— Ashland, 2012-12-19 13:39:56

I spoke with an aide who indicated they would pass on my point of view. I also indicated that raising the bar to be included in paying more taxes to folks making one million dollars per year as proposed by Boehner is outrageous. These people make a million dollars A YEAR! And want to pass the pain onto Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries!

— Florence, 2012-12-19 15:06:33

Asked for a return call. Again, I'll see IF that comes about!

— Medford, 2012-12-19 16:42:23

it was past hours but I left a message that I didn't think the president's position to remove the cost of living increase for social security should be used as a future cost savings.

— , 2012-12-19 17:03:48

talk to receptionist. promised to pass It on to Mr. merkley and mr wydey

— Eugene, 2012-12-19 18:25:00

both aids said they would pass it on will call wyden back tomorrow

— rogue river, 2012-12-19 19:56:36

Left a strong message

— Eugene, 2012-12-20 07:06:11

Merkley staffer seemed to say the senator is on record against "chained CPI". Wyden office was noncommittal.

— Portland, 2012-12-20 12:33:57

Merkley's on our side. No need to call.

— Alvadore, 2012-12-20 14:50:11

Both offices said they would pass the message along.

— Ashland, 2012-12-21 09:49:00

talked to their staff member and asked them to relay my message regarding no cuts to SS. They said they would.

— Mt Angel, 2012-12-23 11:54:43

Merkley - we can count on Jeff, I'mm sure but I sent him an email Ron Wyden I lefta phne message.

— Eugene, 2012-12-23 16:11:58

No one was in the office on Xmas eve but I left a message for both senators.

— Klamath Falls, 2012-12-24 20:31:13

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